* Nelly will receive the I AM Hip Hop Award at the next BET Hip Hop Awards 2021, which will be presented on Tuesday, October 5 on BET.
The honorary award went to LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and last year’s recipient, Master P.
Surprisingly enough, Nelly has never won a BET Hip Hop Award, despite being named Best New Artist two decades ago at the BET Awards. Nelly is a nine-time Billboard Music, four-time American Music, three-time Soul Train Music, four-time Teen Choice, and THREE-TIME Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist.
“I am honored to receive this award and honored to be in such great company with former artists who have received this award,” Nelly said in a statement. “I have been fortunate enough to work with amazing people over the course of my career, making 22 years go by in the blink of an eye. This award is not just for Nelly; it’s about my fans, BET, and the people who continue to support me and allow me to do what I love to do.
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Nelly will be celebrated “for her massive contributions to music and culture in general,” BET said in a statement.
Nelly has amassed four # 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Hot in Herre”, “Dilemma” (with Kelly Rowland), “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (a collaboration with Diddy and Murphy Lee) and “Grillz” (with Paul Mur, Ali and Gipp).
He has three No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200: Country grammar, Nellyville and Combination. His albums have sold a combined total of 22 million copies in the United States, according to the RIAA.